The Canadiens have fired Michel Therrien and hired Claude Julien as head coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Julien was fired by the Bruins earlier this month after going 419-246-94 in 10 seasons as head coach and guiding the team to a Stanley Cup title in 2011.
It was reported last week that the Islanders were happy with the job interim coach Doug Weight has done and were "still evaluating" whether to make a run at Julien, according to longtime Bruins reporter Jimmy Murphy.
It was previously reported that the Islanders wouldn't ask the Bruins to speak to Julien, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.
He who hesitates is lost, as the saying goes. Julien and the Islanders just weren't meant to be, but there's a silver lining here. Because let's face it, Julien was never going to come to the Islanders if the Canadiens were an option. It's the perfect landing spot for him, and I applaud the Atlantic-leading Habs for just throwing all caution to the wind to go and get their man.
So if the Isles want to bring in a brand name coach for next season, they'll have to turn elsewhere. Julien was certainly an attractive option, but there will be others. And who knows? With the way things have turned around under Doug Weight, maybe the interim guy could just be the next big thing they've always been searching for.